Commercial paving jobs are typically not small undertakings. In most cases, a commercial paving job involves a significant area, which means careful planning and consideration. If you're getting ready to reach out to a commercial paving contractor for a project, there are some things that you should know. Here are a couple of things to consider to ensure that you're happy with the final outcome of your paving job.

Ask For An On-Site Assessment

Before you commit to any paving contractor, ask them to complete an on-site assessment as part of your quote. That way, you can be sure that any conditions unique to the property are taken into consideration as part of your quote so that you minimize the risk of surprises in the midst of the project.

This includes considerations such as drainage issues, inadequate soil support structure, obstructions, and other concerns. Anything like this that you know is a problem should be brought up right away when you call for a quote so that your contractor can adequately prepare.

Know The Best Times For Asphalt Application

Although asphalt isn't particularly temperamental in general, it's a picky mixture when it comes to application temperature. When you talk with asphalt contractors about your commercial paving job, make sure you find out when they could do the job based on the local temperatures and the best conditions for the asphalt to cure. 

In most situations, you'll need moderate temperatures and dry weather for optimal asphalt application and curing. Avoid the middle of summer when conditions are particularly hot, and skip the winter season when it can be bitterly cold. Opt for the spring or fall seasons, but only during those times when you'll have enough forecasted dry weather to ensure that the asphalt cures before your next major rainstorm.

Request New Drainage Infrastructure

If you'll be having new asphalt applied anyway, you should talk with your paving contractor about improving the drainage infrastructure on the property. Make sure that your parking lots are draining as efficiently and effectively as possible so that you can keep your paving in the best possible condition. Standing water can cause deterioration and other problems, so be proactive about drainage options.

These are just a few of the things you should know before you have your company's lot paved. Talk with your commercial paving contractor today for more help and information. They can help you create the plan that's best for your property.